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Let There Be Light


Published 1946


National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 35924 / Local Identifier 111-M-1241 - Let There Be Light - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964). DOCUMENTARY: Veterans' hospital (Mason General Hospital, Brentwood, NY.) showing ten week treatment program for men with psychological problems stemming from combat; men enter the hospital, go through the orientation, admission, and evaluation process as the narrator observes that these men, whose education, culture, and development rejects war, share common anxieties: fear, apprehension, disaster, hopelessness, death, and the fear of death; veterans relate their experiences, thoughts, and emotions to hospital medical and professional staff; at night dreams of combat and other fears interrupt the men as they try to sleep; next morning, as the process of diagnosis, treatment, and therapy begins, men undergo a series physical exams and psychological tests; shows individual and group counceling sessions; demonstrate use of hypnosis; as weeks pass, the positive affects of therapy become apparent; men relax in the recreation room as combat experiences are no longer blocks to present activities and future plans, with emphasis on the veteran's occupation; visitors day, time for contact with family and friends; group therapy discussion concerning civilian reaction to returning veterans and their adjustment to the post-war pattern; montage contrasting condition of men before and after therapy; men show signs of recovery, of readiness for discharge, and ability to resume civilian life.


Producer National Archives and Records Administration
Language English


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Reviewer: Bluebird Blvd. - - November 18, 2013
Subject: Question, not review
Is this the re-edited version by the U.S. military, or the original version that was recently discovered and restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation?

I would really like to see filmmaker Walter Huston's original groundbreaking, color-blind discussion of PTSD and WWII, and I am hoping against hope that this version is Huston's version. (Here's a story from ABC about the 2012 restored film: http://www.nbcnews.com/entertainment/can-world-war-ii-film-long-hidden-army-aid-todays-795134?franchiseSlug=entertainmentmain)

Thanks!
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